The retro console of Atari launches advance orders and hangs quickly on Indiegogo



After several delays and much confusion, the Atari retro console / decoder is available for pre-order. Finally we have more details about what this can do and, apparently, there are more people promoted about it than we expected. On Wednesday afternoon, Indiegogo was struggling to keep up with the influx of traffic.

It has been almost a year since Atari VCS was mocked by the holding company that hopes to revitalize the clbadic brand of games. Meanwhile, we have learned that the console aims to be more ambitious than the kind of reprints of economic nostalgia that have been so successful for Nintendo. Since then, Atari started selling a ridiculous speaker hat and announced plans to launch his own cryptocurrency. Meanwhile, the VCS began to look more like vaporware. But today's presale campaign insists that the company plans to have the console in the hands of the players by July 2019.

We already knew that the console looked great, with an elegant but old design with faux wood panels optional We also knew that his hardware was much more than what it would take to emulate the old Atari games. The Indiegogo page now explains the details.

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The VCS runs on the Ubuntu operating system (Linux), includes a Radeon R7 processor, a 32 GB hard drive, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and expandable storage. It connects to the Internet and is compatible with streaming videos and online multiplayer games. The voice control is controlled by four front microphones and two new controllers (one retro, one modern) are connected via Bluetooth.

As for the games, Atari is not revealing much, if you badume that they have something to reveal. "Atari Vault includes more than 100 clbadics of all time in their original arcade and / or 2600 formats and is ready to play as soon as you connect your TV," the company writes. Clbadics such as Pong, Missile Command and Crystal Castles are shown in promotional materials. The new Tempest 4000 is also mentioned as one of the many new games that will be available for download or streaming, but no promises are made about what it will cost.

Outside the Atari games, the company says it is building "a growth list of independent and interesting development studio badociations." But the list of partners he announced today does not really include any outstanding names. The most generous interpretation is that Atari expects to obtain more during the next year. Developers are encouraged to submit proposals to include their game in the online store and Atari will take an unspecified percentage of sales.

As for the console, your options are quite expensive, with the wooden panel model that costs $ 339. Both controllers are included in that package, but come on, that's more than a Playstation 4. The cheapest option is the Onyx model without drivers; that's available for $ 199.

To be honest, we did not feel more hopeful with this than six months ago, but it seems that a lot of people are interested. Many people were having problems to load the Indiegogo page and the crowdfunding site experienced problems with their payment service. Everything seems to be working well now, but Atari's own site seems to buckle under the traffic. At the time of writing, thousands of sponsors have pledged just over $ 1.6 million to the campaign, exceeding their goal of $ 100,000.

The potential for fans to play with the box and the developers to do whatever they want as long as it runs on Linux could mean that this turns out to be a lot of fun. But we are still a long way from having one in our hands and all signs point to Atari trying to bite more than he can chew.

[Indiegogo, Gamespot]

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